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“Anna May (and her partner Greg Jones) helped me buy my first place. They were great to work with. Very responsive, provided a fair assessment of properties that I saw, answered all my questions, educated me on the process. Anna knows Hayward inside and out. Anna patiently worked with me until I was ready to pull the trigger. With Anna’s negotiation skills, I beat out a cash offer to get my new place.”
-Marissa Myers, Director of Marketing
“Thank you for your excellent customer service. Anna has helped us with two homes purchases. She is professional, knowledgeable and responsive. It was always a pleasure working with Anna.”
“Anna May – the amazing and talented – just helped my husband and I buy our new home, which we just moved into a few days ago. Her services were always thorough, professional, and detail-oriented. Anna is really good with people and calming the nerves of her clients – namely, me! I am happy, confident and secure in knowing that Anna is now representing me as I sell my previous property. I recommend Anna May as I – figuratively speaking- shout her praises from my rooftop. Hire her…you’ll be glad you did.
– LYNN TOUSEY-OWEN”
Lynn has recently hired us to list her Oakland home for sale at 3265 Liese Ave. in the Allendale neighborhood, now available!
“It was a pleasure selling our house with the help of Anna and Greg. Anna recalled from HOA docs received from another sale that I was on the HOA and knew my last name when we met. We were surprised that the townhouse she had worked on before sold higher than the listing price at that time when the market wasn’t as hot!
“When my husband and I first met with Anna and Greg, we were unsure of when to list and they encouraged us to explore different options and to consider our situation and not immediately list it. It was the little and big things that mattered. To name a few: bringing a replacement light bulb for our dining room light to having a stager come in to advise us and having a professional photographer take beautiful pics, that makes Anna and Greg stand out.
“We were nervous about the process but they calmed us and kept us on track. Once offers came in, Anna discussed them with us. When we got a really great offer, she advised us of the pros and cons and knew what we needed to do to protect ourselves. What attracted us to use Realty World Neighbors is that they are a local Hayward realtor. They both live and love the community and it really shows. We knew they could best sell our townhouse because their enthusiasm is real!
“They did more than just sell the townhouse — they sold the entire community. Part of “selling” the community included researching which historical members of the local community were buried across the street at the cemetery. We had this list available at the open house so potential buyers could appreciate the history of the area instead of just the fact that there was a cemetery across the street.
“We would not hesitate to recommend Anna and Greg to friends buying or selling their homes or use them again ourselves if the opportunity presented itself.”
“I just can’t say enough good things about Anna May and Greg Jones and my recent home buying experience with them. We found out at the last minute that a home I was interested was accepting offers and within less than 24 hours, Anna and Greg pulled together a competitive offer package. They provided expert guidance and emotional support through the whole process-helping me navigate some tricky situations as I wasn’t a conventional buyer. I highly recommend them!”
-Kelly McAdoo, City Manager
“Anna May is an excellent and professional realtor. Always prompt with a reply to any inquiry, she was always on top of any new development in any deal. She has intimate knowledge of the area having grown up locally and presided over many real estate transactions. We were not the winning bid on a number of deals because we didn’t have enough money to win them. Anna was never discouraged and was always our champion. We did eventually win a bid to buy a house and we won not because we were the highest bid but because of how professionally presented the offer was. That was all the work of our realtor. She also negotiated down the closing costs for us with the seller after we had inspections done. In addition to real estate, her local knowledge extends into inspectors, contractors, and all other local home service professionals. If you need anything for your house she will surely have a recommendation. I give her my highest recommendation.”
Update: Al & Andy retained our services again to list their Historic Prospect Hill home for sale. CLICK HERE for details!
“We know Anna May and Greg Jones and their brokerage, Realty World Neighbors, because of their involvement in the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association, their efforts to help maintain the neighborhood’s open space and other projects.
“Our decision to appoint Anna and Greg as co-listing agents (and later as our buyers’ agents) arose because they work on a number of issues and we were impressed by their efforts and contributions. We have found that people who work well when they volunteer also do well professionally.
“Frequent communications kept us informed of progress over the transactions for which we hired Anna & Greg to assist in the Historic Prospect Hill neighborhood. We appreciated Anna & Greg’s attention and time to email, call or text as the sales progressed.
“As sellers, we appreciated the well-coordinated marketing plan for our unique home in the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood. They knew how to price it for the prevailing market conditions, how to promote it to the right groups and took care of all the paper work expeditiously. There were no errors, no last-minute deliveries or problems from the time we listed until the sale closed. We subsequently hired Anna & Greg to list and sell another home for us and we experienced the same high level of competency in that transaction too.
“We were extremely impressed by their knowledge of the market, pricing and their ability to get the word out about our home through their networks, professional organizations and advertising. They were very professional, competent and knowledgeable about real estate in the area.
“We’re delighted to now be in a larger Prospect Hill home and were able to purchase this home in part due to the negotiation skills of Anna and Greg. They negotiated on our behalf for the sellers to pay for repairs before we moved in. We would definitely hire Anna May and Greg Jones again and recommend them to others.”
-Al Parso & Andy York, Historic Prospect Hill Neighborhood residents
(Most recently sold the Pantoja family home in Half Moon Bay, as our THIRD “official” transaction with this wonderful family.)
“Anna and her team were very professional from the onset. Before we even listed our house we were presented all the comps in our surrounding area. We had the opportunity to carefully look at the information and make the best decision for our family. Her
team advising on staging our house along with the professional photos helped us attain the selling price we were looking for. Anna May at Realty World truly sets the benchmark for Real Estate Companies. The next time we want to sell our house we’ll be calling Anna May.
Thank you, Carlos Pantoja”
Anna is perhaps one of the most genuine realtors in the industry. While some realtors might tell you what you want to hear, she tells you what you need to hear. She really knows the industry in and out. After briefly meeting Anna back in 2008 (during the downturn in the real estate market) I knew that I wanted her as my agent during my recent sale. From the start, her and her partner Greg provided me with a very accurate analysis of my home with intelligent recommendations. She is very thorough and throughout the whole process, she always kept me updated of necessary repairs, inspections and legal matters that need addressing – and she was always there to handle it. What I really admire about her is her ability to handle every situation diplomatically and in a professional manner, that is something worth noting in today’s industry where there is almost an endless supply of realtors. She is able to keep the focus on the main goal of getting things done in a timely manner even when unexpected situations come up. And most of all, she cares. At the end day, there may be some realtors who see a transaction just a sale, but Anna realizes that for some (as in my case) that it was not just a home, but the home I grew up in. throughout the entire process she had great respect for that and always kept that in mind during the sale of the house.
“We are nearing the end of our first year in our new home, and we seem to find something new to love about it each day that goes by. We figured it was about time to write and express our sincere thanks to both of you for all you did to make it possible for us to be living here. Your expertise and professionalism gave us well-placed confidence in your advice both on buying our new house and selling our old one, and we were very (5-star) happy with the outcome of both transactions. (Anna’s expertise and experience were the keys we needed to unlock the door to a new home that is perfect for us. Her calm and professional demeanor throughout the ordeal of buying and selling helped get us through with our sanity intact. We heartily recommend Realty World (Neighbors) partners Anna May & Greg Jones to anyone about to enter the real estate market.)
“Thanks again for a great experience in house hunting.
“From two very satisfied clients,
(Mayor) Barbara Halliday & Richard Imsdahl”
MULTIPLE OFFERS SOLD ABOVE LIST PRICE
“I have had about eight home purchase/sale transactions in my life, and Anna was the best real estate agent I have ever worked with. Her experience showed in her knowledge of all the details one needs to know in selling a home in California, with its many rules and regulations. She always maintained a calm demeanor, helping me ease any anxieties about the process. She was very responsive whenever we had questions. I highly recommend her.” -Marsha Murphy
“Greg Jones and Realty World (Neighbors) far exceeded our expectations. Greg updated us at every stage of our sale. We were never left to doubt what had happened and what to expect in coming days. His contacts removed much of the anxiety related to the selling of my Mother’s home. I will not hesitate to recommend the services of Realty World (Neighbors).”
Ilse and Larry Rollin
“Greg Jones is an incredible real estate professional. He was instrumental in making our real estate transaction possible. Even meeting with us pro bono to go through the complexities and options available to us. With our son, we were buying a piece of property held in trust, by a family member. Greg represented both the buyers and seller and, without his expertise and his ability to keep us all informed and on track, our son’s new house might never have become a reality. In addition to representing all parties in this endeavor, he was also the agent for the sale of our son’s present home; which was to be used in part for the down payment. Greg did an amazing job of both selling our son’s home (6 days of the market) and closing in record time; which in turn allowed for the closure of this deal weeks ahead of schedule. We would definitely recommend both Greg and his associates at Realty World Neighbors for your real estate needs.”
-Bruce and Dottress R., Redwood City, CA
“Anna May and Greg Jones:
Thank you for your professional services. You sold my house in no time and everything transitioned so smoothly, you did a great job. Thanks again — you worked hard to get me a beautiful home. I will make sure to recommend you to my family, friends and everybody else. You are beautiful people.”
Victor M. Custodio
“Anna May and her team are amazing. From our first meeting with her we were impressed. She is truly dedicated to whatever she does. We felt comfortable in choosing Anna May and her team to represent us in our home buying experience. This woman knows what she is talking about. She was able to give us so much detailed information about the City of Hayward. Even when she went on vacation she was still in contact with us. Anna gave us excellent referrals. She only deals with the best. It was a wonderful experience working with Anna May and her team especially Gabriel Heredia. They made the stress of buying a home minimal. We would without a doubt recommend Anna May and her team to potential buyers. They were a true pleasure to work with.”
J & V (from San Mateo County to Alameda County)
“I could not be happier with the quality of service Anna & Greg provided, very professional, great knowledge, and very respectful to our needs. We were on a tight timeline to sell our house, and Anna & Greg made it happen without any issues. I would highly recommend Anna & Greg to anyone needing help selling or buying a home!!”
“Anna May did a great job selling our rental property. When I first met her, I found her to be very personable. After choosing her as our realtor she went to work quickly. She is very knowledgeable and responsive. When she says she’s going to do something, she does it very soon. She’s always ready to answer questions and let you know what the next steps will be. Selling a property can be very stressful. We were very happy to have Anna May as our realtor. I highly recommend her!”
-Susan I. Choi (from Alameda County to San Mateo County)
“We are very pleased with the service Anna provided. Excellent and professional in every way. We had tried Sale-by-owner and at least another agent and had really unsatisfactory results (none). We signed on with her and within 15 day we had multiple offers and sold it. We closed on an offer of 14k over asking price. It happened so suddenly we found ourselves still reading the HOA news letter a week after the sale- LOL. She provided personal customer service that is hard to come by. She payed special attention to details and all flowed smoothly like clock work. Her hard work made our experience care free and stress free. Thank you Anna May!”
Ignacio & Alicia Lucero
“Anna May is the epitome of a first rate real estate broker. She is detailed oriented and looks over all the documents with a fine-tooth comb. She is very professional, patient, understanding and always has your back. I would not hesitate to use her services again.”
“Anna provided more than just the data and advice necessary to make decisions for the sale of our family’s home. She also provided a positive attitude and a personal interest in our situation which made this experience even more rewarding. She managed the entire process in a precise and efficient manner and never tired from answering my constant questions. The preparation for sale was amazing with very impressive photos of the property presented both online and in brochures. The property sold above list price and that was a direct result of Anna’s marketing strategy for the sale. I highly recommend Anna for all real estate transactions you may be considering.”
“Anna May is a pleasure to work with, very accessible and positive, a veteran in the world of realty. She has a strong business sense and negotiation skills, her referrals are on the spot and a true professional with valuable experience to offer even the experienced home buyer. Anna May is critical in helping us achieve our goal. Despite being in the potentially challenging position of representing both the Seller and us as Buyers, her advice was always sound, unbiased and in our interests. She puts the needs, safety and wants of her clients first. We continually impressed by her responsiveness, helpful insights and impressive follow-through on questions we had and issues that arose throughout the process. We would not hesitate to recommend Anna May as well as Greg. We are so thankful to them.”
-Edgar & Mary Ann
“Anna helped us navigate a very challenging situation. She sold our tenant occupied property with uncooperating tenants. Coupling with her experience and dedication, she went beyond her duty to take care of us. She earned our trust through her professionalism and dedication. If you are looking for a realtor who will look after your interest, you found one.”
“Hi, I definitely was happy with being represented by Anna May in my real estate experience in selling my home. She was always respectful of me and my interests, she communicated in a professional and timely manner and was experienced in her recommendations during the bidding and escrow process. Anna was also patient with my many questions. I am glad I chose her as my Realtor.”
(Eva’s buddy Phil, shown here, was trained by Bad Rap, an animal rescue organization in Oakland, California. A donation to Bad Rap has been made in honor of Eva and Phil as thanks for their business retaining our services to sell their Allendale home in Oakland.)
“Anna May is my angel in life! She rebuild my new life in many ways…. The story start from 10 years ago when we both worked for the City of Hayward. She was the City Council and I was the commissioner in Human Services Commission. Anna and I both the only Asian American Chinese in the city as a female government figures. She always my inspiration and I looked up toward her outstanding thinking as “out of the box”. Her creativity and hardworking attitude to change the society with the good course of encouragement indeed. I had a medical emergency in the early part of this year. Afterward I came out from a life and death event. My viewing of my life change 360 degrees in personal and business. I realized that life is much more important in Family, health & nature beside the rat race and the materialistic surrounding. I must act now with no delay to switch my life from the city to the country to maintain a healthy life style “Peace & Calming”. The first person I rang the bell was Anna May. She made it happen by placing my property on the market the very first day and had the realtor showing the following Wednesday . Preforming daily buyer viewing and open house on the weekend. My house got sold in total 10 days. The speedy process at this end immediately opened door in my newly northern California country home. The completed process for selling my property in town and moved in to my newly home was a breaking record 30 days. Anna assigned his brother to assist my immediately moving in order to get my belonging in the self storage temporary before my big move with my 2 puppies. My artist event also held by her loving husband Mr. Grey Jones, the previous City of Hayward , City Manager along with the greatest support by Hayward Art Council. It was my highest honor and appreciation at this critical moment of my life change. Today, I have the bird to be my morning alarm clock, the starry night is the blanket with the nightingale lullaby. The nature is painting the master piece of my life , and I am craving a calming Buddhist meditation retreat house, as much as an art school toward all the beautiful children whom suffer with medical necessary as ADHD and Autism. I devote my life to assist and helping the need in the world and more to come. Applause to Anna toward her forever success in this beautiful life!”
“Anna and Greg were amazing. There was not a even a single time that I tried to reach Anna and she didn’t answer my call/text. Not only she is serious (and also funny) about her job, but also she cares about her clients. This was very important to me to know that she is caring and giving me the honest and sharp information always. This honest and reliable communication finally led to buying a property that I believe is the perfect fit for me. I highly recommend Anna and Greg to anyone interested in buying a home and will definitely tell my friends about them.”
-Ehsan Kamalinejad, University Professor
“My husband and I were buying our first house, so needless to say, it was a very stressful experience. Anna walked us through the whole process, found us a great local loan officer (believe me, getting a mortgage is a very intense in-person process), helped us find a great home, and was successful in securing our bid! We are extremely happy to have worked with Anna – she made a very involved process much more manageable, helped us avoid tons of pitfalls, and overall was a great advisor.”
-Marek Kolodziek, Research Engineer
“The experience I had working with Anna and Greg was fabulous! From day one, their professionalism and easy going personally made them a pleasure to work with in selling my home. Great communication, and high quality people working with them (photographer is amazing) I highly recommend their services. Anna is the Best!!”
(On the market for 11 days, multiple offers above list price, all cash sale with a quick close!)
“It was that time in our lives- we graduated law school, passed the bar, and started our careers. We were tired of seeing our hard-earned money go out the window every month with nothing to show for it. It was time to get serious and invest in property. When I told my Uncle Chris that we were looking to buy a home, he referred us to Anna May and Greg Jones immediately. My Uncle was very familiar with their reputations and work throughout the community. His words exactly (as I paste them here) were: “They will take great care of you.”
After meeting with Anna and Greg, we formalized our working relationship by signing an Exclusive Buyer Representation Agreement. We reviewed information explaining the difference between “buyer customers” and “Buyer Clients” and we felt extremely comfortable in having Anna and Greg represent us. From the get-go, Anna and Greg were enthusiastically committed to our cause. They utilized various forms of media (newsletters, websites, blog posts etc.) and attended real estate marketing meetings to promote us as Exclusive Buyer Clients. We set a schedule and saw available homes on a consistent basis.
Anna and Greg paid close attention to our (sometimes vacillating) requirements, shared keen insight and professional experiences, and provided us firsthand knowledge of various neighborhoods. It was through Anna’s tenacious advocacy in particular that we were ultimately able to find and buy our dream home. As most are aware, the market in the Bay Area is ridiculously competitive. Anna and Greg were very proactive in putting together complete offer packages even before showing property so that we would be the first in line in the event that we liked the home. Even though other (much higher) offers came in on our home, it was ours that stuck out- we were the first to bid and we had a proactive, knowledgeable and communicative team representing us.
Anna and Greg’s work did not end once our offer was accepted. They made sure everything went smoothly with our lender and prepared a package for the appraiser to justify value. Looking at our calendar, it is unbelievable how quickly we closed (only 35 days). This time frame included Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
A few notes about our experience:
-We were never pressured to bid on a property;
-Anna and Greg took on the role of advisors/educators, not sales people;
-They worked to ensure that we felt 100% comfortable with every decision we made;
-We were in constant communication about all aspects of the process;
-They were always available to answer questions even when on vacation (on Thanksgiving, and Christmas!)
We cannot recommend Anna May and Greg Jones highly enough. For us they are not just our real estate agents but new neighbors and great friends.”
–Rachel Koch & Ali Zargar
“My mom and I were finally ready to begin the exciting process of purchasing our first home, but we definitely needed someone that would be able to guide us newbies through the whole thing. I found Anna May and her husband Greg on Trulia and boy am I glad I did!! She gave us a very thorough breakdown of all the steps as we took them and was extremely patient with us as we asked what felt like a million and one questions. We really appreciated how closely she worked with us to really make sure we found the right home for us. She also didn’t blink an eye when we told her that I would be doing the majority of the process all the way across the country in New York! Even with the time difference, she was extremely responsive, went to bat for my mom and I, and really gave us peace of mind through a daunting process! Overall, we are extremely thankful we found such an amazing set of realtors!”
“Anna May has been a pleasure to work with. She went that extra mile for my daughter and I during our home buying process. She was also willing and eager to provide any kind of feedback to us and made the process a lot easier.”
“Anna is amazing. We were fortunate to find a house we liked pretty quickly, but then it took some doing to solve some problems with the house before it could close. She helped us through the whole process and helped us stay calm and be patient. She worked with the seller’s agent to let them know what needed to be fixed and kept us up to date on all the paper work we needed to do. I highly recommend Anna May. She’s efficient, thorough and friendly.”
Anna and Greg helped us sell our house, and made it a smooth process. We felt like we were in good hands. They were very professional, responsive, and knowledgeable. They guided us through various options and decisions, and were always clear and helpful. They made what could have been a difficult transition into a good experience. I would highly recommend them.
This couple gets the job done! They are professional, knowledgeable about Hayward and the surrounding area, warm and inviting, and once the transaction is complete you feel like a part of the family. You can always go back and get referrals to other businesses and feel confident they wouldn’t refer if the business/person wasn’t qualified.
The May/Jones group is very professional and ethical team. This duo is knowledgeable in Realty law and ethical practices only providing the “right” guidance in all realty transactions. Greg and Anna are great assets to the community and I would recommend them for any real estate transactions regarding home buying-selling.
“Over our long search Nathan and I worked with Anna and Greg, who have since become good friends. During the final stretch (after selling our old home) we mostly worked with Simon Wong, who helpfully and efficiently arranged viewings, gave good and calm advice, and helped submit offers on multiple houses in a market that was heating up. Finally we got the house we wanted, with Simon (supported by Anna and Greg) shepherding us through the rather touchy negotiating and inspection process.”
Woohoo!!! As good as it gets!!! That’s the experience you have when you work with Anna May and Greg Jones!!! Anna sold our house in Hayward over 10 years ago and I am still talking about it! I refer others to the May/Jones group even though I live in Sacramento now. They are truly amazing as individuals and truly amazing as a team.
Be prepared for fast, efficient and effective results. Want the best of everything? Consider that you will get the best customer service, extensive knowledge, and years of experience and expertise to help you with your real estate needs.
Anna speaks three languages and she and Greg are actively involved in the community. Both are dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives. Choose the best! Why settle for less?
“Greg and Anna have extensive knowledge in real estate transactions. Their service is excellent. I highly recommend them.”
“Anna was instrumental in helping me sell a trust property recently, enabling me to settle this case very quickly, all to the benefit of the trust beneficiaries. She was very efficient in drafting and carrying out a marketing program, professional in every respect, and attentive to numerous details that had to be worked out to complete the sale. I would certainly recommend her for any East Bay real estate matter coming to my attention.”
-Thomas A. Jacobsen, Trustee
MULTIPLE OFFERS SOLD ABOVE LIST PRICE:
“As first time sellers, our experience was only as buyers. So, we had no idea what to expect. Anna May and Greg Jones made our lives void of any stress that could have or would have occurred. We will never know! A good thing because our house sold the first day of a “sneak preview” and the scheduled Open House was no longer needed. One main plus was the 21st century technology. Anna May uses DocuSign, which allowed us to sign documents from any pc or device. I used my finger (yes my finger) from a smartphone on one of the last pages to sign. Very efficient and timely in dealing in all aspects of the sale of our first home. Also, thanks to her team of professional house stagers who allowed us the time and space to present the home. Now, we can finally take that vacation we were talking about! Thank you so much!”
– John K.
MULTIPLE OFFERS SOLD ABOVE LIST PRICE
“Anna did the sale of my mothers house in Castro valley. Even though she was on vacation on a cruise in Europe she took the time to still handle the sale of the house. It could not have been handled any better.”
-Robert Moore, Trustee
“Anna May was extremely helpful moving our sale along. Although it started out as a simple transaction it turned quite complicated and Anna May was fully capable to handle all the twists and turns that came up through the sales process.”
Anna May did an excellent job on all aspects of the sale of our home, from recommending updates, pricing, and negotiating the sale. While I was out of town, she worked with the contractor to ensure that the work at the house was completed on time and with quality. After completing the upgrades, the home was priced right. Anna’s marketing strategy and open houses quickly generated multiple offers. Anna made recommendations on the offers and negotiated a sale above the asking price. Anna and her team worked closely with the buyer’s agent and escrow company for a smooth close. I recommend Anna based on our positive experience.
“I just wanted to take a moment to say how impressed I was with Anna May at Realty World Neighbors. I became very ill, and my husband passed away a month later. No longer able to pay my mortgage, I contacted her to set up a meeting, to see what direction to go in without going into foreclosure. Before I knew it the house was on the market with offers…that was the easy part. We ran into issues that you might want to pull your hair out, but she was always calm and professional, and got the problems worked out. The house is now sold and the new owners are very happy they hung in there, and so am I. I have already recommended her to some. Anyone in the real estate business can sell a house (in my opinion), but if you need someone with the experience in working with the banks and mortgage companies, and they are being unfeeling to your unfortunate situation…then you want Anna May and her team in your corner fighting for you. It’s not just about selling your house, but helping you get back your peace of mind. Thank you Anna May, you are the best….. –
(Special thanks to Shirley Poe and Chase Bank for the introduction!)
(2014) Ten years ago when my father passed away, my sisters and I decided to sell his home. Anna May was referred to us by a trusted friend. We engaged her services and she turned a difficult process into a seemingly simple manner. It went quickly and without problems.
Recently my mother passed away and when we decided to sell her condominium, we immediately thought of Anna. As in the past, Anna brought her professionalism, kindness, experience and good humor to guide us through the process. Anna was able to look at the Condo and help us make decisions on how to prepare the unit either by ourselves or through her vast array of contacts. Anna was able to explain all the paperwork and legalities in a clear, simple manner. When deciding on a price to set for the condominium, she was able to show us all of the local comp arable properties and explain how our unit compared and why she recommended a target price. Very straight forward and logical. She has been selling homes in the area for at least the 10 years that we have known her and given her performance, I anticipate she will be around a lot longer.
Aside from her work as a REALTOR, she has been an extremely active community member supporting local causes (including dogs in need) and participating in local politics to ensure that her neighborhood is well taken care of. I am deeply grateful to Anna for all that she has done for us in selling our homes and I wholeheartedly recommend her to you.
“My partner and I we’re looking for a house in early August of 2013. We had interviewed a couple of Realtors before interviewing and making the commitment to work with Greg and Anna May. We were referred to them by friends of ours who had worked with them before. One of the reasons we chose them was because they readily provided contact information for their past clients and we liked what they had to say about Anna & Greg’s work. We had done some house hunting on our own and had an idea of what we wanted in our next house. My partner does a lot of trips abroad for business and during our search for a home, he had to go away on one of those trips. I was looking at the houses with Anna and Greg and taking videos and sending them to him through email. These guys (Anna & Greg) know what they’re doing; they know exactly what we were looking for. While my partner was away, he had a heart attack. Since he was out of the country, but near his family, he instructed me to keep going with with the search. Anna and Greg were the most supportive people I knew during that time.
“They stayed in touch with him and me through email and teleconferencing calls. After deciding on a house remotely, Anna and Greg (with the assistance of one of their associates, Simon), drew up the necessary paperwork for the transactions that were needed and we were in escrow before my partner could medically be allowed to fly back home. Initially, Anna & Greg were proactive in securing a ratified back-up contract on a house that already had a buyer. They went as far as setting up an appointment with the listing agent and the sellers for a personal meeting to entice them to see us favorably as buyers. Although that house didn’t work out, the day my partner came back we had already closed escrow on another house and had keys in hand. And to top it all off, Anna & Greg made a banner up with our pictures welcoming us to our new home after knowing what he went through. They provided food for our housewarming party too. We would definitely rely on Anna and Greg when it comes to our future real estate ventures.”
-Kevin Case & Shai Erlich
My wife Caitlin and I learned of Anna May when I searched for an agent who might help us buy a HUD home. Although, I don’t member the website address, I think it’s a government site for finding HUD agents and recall her bio was the most complete. Our choice of agent was good. Anna was very professional and responsive to our needs. We were expecting a baby and needed to move to a larger property and wanted to become homeowners. She was always there whenever we needed her, so much so that we were worried that she seldom slept. Anna was always on our side as the buyer’s agent. When we found our home and decided to make an offer, we trusted her judgment and took her advice. We purchased the house for $10, 000 below the list price, no mean feat in a seller’s market where it is common for buyers to bid many tens of thousands of dollars above list price. As first-time buyers, we knew nothing about buying a house but Anna and her husband, Greg, were really helpful and treated us like their family. We would recommend Anna to our friends and look forward to working with her in the future. We have already given her business card to co-workers.
-Caitlin & Adi S.
“Anna & Greg were recommended to me by a mutual friend. The last time I had sold a home, I was not single and the process at first seemed daunting. I had to clear out the home I had lived in for many years and it took a while longer than expected. Anna & Greg were sensitive to this and helped to make me feel comfortable and at ease with the whole process. They offered to help by offering boxes, garage sale signs, etc. and were flexible with the postponement of the home being available because of all the work I had to get done first.
It was a short sale, so in addition to removing a near-lifetime of belongings, I also had to deal with the stress of the short sale that would not have allowed me to benefit from any proceeds. Luckily, Anna & Greg were familiar with short sales and I was able to benefit from a “HAFA Relocation Incentive” that allowed me to walk away with a few thousand dollars to help with my transition into a new place to live.
“My experience with them was just wonderful. I highly recommend them!”
-Gloria “Kelly” Carter
(Special thanks to Diana Cohn of Corner Office for the introduction!)
It was great working with Realty World Neighbors to sell our Hayward house. We had already moved pretty far away and they did a wonderful job with the sale of our home! -LaShawn King
Anna May was the third agent we hired to sell our home and we wish we had hired her first! Unlike the other agents we hired, Anna May was straightforward and honest with us about what we could get for our home. Once we finally listed with her in the holiday month of December, Anna May was able to get us a purchase contract and by spring, we were able to move into our new home! We talk about (Anna May) often and will recommend (her) in a second. We even named our new dog “Dakota May”!
-Mike & Geri Gruszie
To buy my first home, I was very specific about what I wanted. It was important that the garage be large enough to fit my boat and that there was enough space for my dog. Because there were so few and infrequently available properties that fit my criteria, Anna May was pro-active about targeting homeowners in neighborhoods by sending out postcards to specific property owners to let them know she had a real, live, serious buyer for their particular property type. The end result was me moving into a home that fit my needs perfectly. I look forward to working with Anna May again when I’m ready to sell and buy a new home!
Jason Chiem, Engineer
We listed the condo we bought through Anna May and upgraded to a lovely 3-bedroom home! We couldn’t have done it without Anna. She handled all the gory details and made sure that we always had our ducks in order! She kept in contact with out out-of-state agent, our lender, the escrow company, the buyer’s lender, the buyer’s real estate agent, etc. I recognize that she went above and beyond to make the whole transaction happen the way it did. Thank you Anna for making life that much easier during this important transaction.
-The Blair family
Anna May was very professional and her advice helped to sell my home in the most expeditious and timely manner. I would highly recommend her if you are interested in selling your home quickly!
My busy schedule was a factor in choosing Anna May to help us in our real estate transaction. We needed someone we could trust and look out for our interests. She proved to be just that person. I was able to communicate our needs with her anytime we wanted and she was attentive to them. Going out of her way for us was a plus. Having an honest and professional agent like Anna May was a blessing!
-Vince Herrera, Investor
Anna May and I had never met in person because I live hours away but she sold my property without me ever having to make a trip back into town! Working with Anna May was truly a positive experience from start to finish. She was always available when I needed to talk with her and no question was too small. She made the entire process seem so effortless, which is great giving that I lived out of town. She also took care of dealing with the tenant I had living in the property and the extra large furniture the tenant left behind. She really went above and beyond in helping with my tenant issues and just told me she would take care of whatever I needed. The whole transaction was so easy. Even after the transaction was over, Anna May made herself available to answer my questions. She continued to keep in touch after the sale and offered her support as I looked for a new property. She is a great agent, a knowledgeable professional and caring individual. I would definitely use her again and will recommend her services to others!
Our story with selling our condo with you was swift and sweet. I know from experience, it was all God’s handy work. But, you played a great role, as all His creation does, with the men and women who need help. Always the right person will show up for the job at hand.
-Jennifer and Anthony Garcia
Anna May is a truly knowledgeable real estate professional who is capable and efficient. She produces highly valuable results for me that are virtually problem-free. I’m happy to have her on my team.
-Joel Bucklin, Investor
Anna May was the agent for the sale of our home. We knew of her from her involvement in the community and were confident in her ability and reputation for doing a good job. She took sharp photos of the property to accentuate its best features and got us our buyer without hassle! Anna was diligent about keeping me and my wife informed through every step of the transaction. We’d recommend her services to anyone who needs a pro!
Anna May is one of the most extraordinary persons I know. We met many years ago and I have known her as an active community member, Rotarian, actress, real estate agent, business owner, philanthropist and friend. Throughout the years, she has demonstrated the many talents and attributes that make her shine as a beautiful, generous, and intelligent person. When my husband and I decided to sell our home, we knew we wanted to work with Anna because of her professionalism, style and ability to get things done. We felt lucky to be working with Anna — we knew that she would go the distance to sell our home in a market that was “slow” and “a buyers market”. Anna worked hard to get us the price we wanted and sold our home in record time. She did what seemed impossible. She made things happen — from beginning to end. She worked with us to stage our home, brought us boxes to help pack up and on one occasion, even delivered dinner! She always made us feel special. Even though Anna had an incredibly busy schedule, she always focused on being in communication with us about the progress of our sale. In our case, being in communication was a little more challenging as I was working in Sacramento during the week and in town on the weekends. We managed to stay in communication through e-mail and 3-way conference calls. She was also so creative in her approach to selling our home. She advertised in the local and Chinese newspaper, developed a fantastic website that included greatly choreographed pictures and a virtual tour. She e-mailed her newsletter to other professionals and potential clients. Each Open House event she was sure to pay attention to the details that would sell the home — indoor lighting accenting the special features of the home, our outdoor water fountains going, other special effects and, of course, the best jelly beans. My husband and I feel so lucky to have had such a great experience working with Anna May. Thanks Anna for being who you are! Hayward is lucky to have you living and working in the community as a person striving to make a difference in many ways. -Dr. Marlena Uhrik
Anna May, the first time we met you bended knee and communicated eye to eye and held my hand, it let me know you really cared and that I was included in the process. When I would thank you for coming out to Fremont to my place to go over paperwork, you would say “don’t thank me for doing my job”. But then you met contractors at my house, found a gardener when mine flaked and even watered the lawn and investigated for a permit for the bedroom. An owner should be responsible for these things. And through it all there were times when buyers seemed clueless that this is an earthquake zone, you came up with strategies to ease their minds. You were very professional and not demanding of me except to check my e-mails and respond but when I didn’t you would call. Thank you for a job well done. It has been a pleasure working with you and in a buyers’ market, I’m very satisfied with the amount of the sale and the short time it took.
Anna, I wanted to write and thank you formally for the very competent and professional job you did in selling brother Jack’s home. You held our hand through every step of the sale. You handled all the details and your personal attention to matters made it seem to us that we were your “only” client. We knew we had to make some extensive repairs to the home after it had been used for years to accomodate my brother in a wheelchair. Not only did we get your advice but we also got your help in calling for contractors and actually in getting them to do the work right at the right price. Having has experience in selling through past down cycles I know how difficult to sell in (today’s) market. I know that setting the price is a critical piece of the sales puzzle and that a price set too high can mean a home that never sells while one set too low can also have the same result. Your knowledge of the market made it easy to understand where we were and decide on the price. And the result is that it sold very quickly. You earned our trust and appreciation. Thank you.